Opera announced its plan to build browsers based on the open-source WebKit standard last month and, having shown preview builds at Mobile World Congress, its new browser for Android has been released in beta.
The new browser, which Opera says will be quicker thanks to the WebKit switch, features a new user interface and integrates Opera Mini to offer the choice of a data optimized or a full-on browser experience.
The browser runs native Web apps, but the headline feature is Discover, which recommends content for users — encouraging a “lean-back surfing experience”, as CEO Lars Boilesen puts it — based on a range of factors that include previous clicks, Web page history and their location. On the downside, Discover content is curated by Opera itself and is not automated.
It also includes regular features like private browsing, a download manager, saved pages, speed dial and an ‘off-road’ mode which the bandwidth saving server caching that Opera Mini utilizes.